At least two dead in U.S. train collision

05 February, 2018, 05:33 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • At least two dead in U.S. train collision

Amtrak said the lead engine and a few passenger cars derailed on Train 91.

Speaking to reporters Sunday morning, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster says 116 of the injured have been transported to local hospitals. Everyone was off the train, and the Red Cross was assisting them, the department said on its website.

Preliminary information from an event data recorder in the rear locomotive showed that train, in its maiden trip on a new route, was speeding at 128kph in a 50kph zone. Many were treated for cuts and bruises and released, while two others were admitted, spokeswoman Jennifer Wilson said.

At a news conference, Dr. Steve Shelton, the director for emergency preparedness at Palmetto Health, stated that 62 patients from the crash were at three of their facilities.

CSX issued a statement expressing condolences but said nothing about the cause of the accident. "But God blessed us, and we only had the two", Fisher said.

The dead were identified as engineer Michael Kempf, 54, of Savannah, Georgia, and conductor Michael Cella, 36, of Orange Park, Florida. In December, an Amtrak train in Washington state derailed while crossing an overpass, spilling cars onto a busy highway and killing three people.

The Silver Star, en route from NY to Miami with almost 150 people aboard, was going an estimated 59 miles per hour when it struck the empty CSX train around 2:45 a.m., Gov. Henry McMaster said.


Lexington County spokesman Harrison Cahill said passengers who were hurt were taken to local hospitals, but none had life-threatening injuries.

Officials have confirmed that everyone has been removed from the train.

National Transportation Chairman Robert Sumwalt gave an update on the crash that happened early Sunday morning in Lexington County, South Carolina.

It seems the CSX train was on the track it was supposed to be on, the governor added. Both men were in the first vehicle, the engine auto, of the train.

Sunday's collision marks the second Amtrak train crash in a week.

"SC is with you all!" tweeted Tim Scott, one of the state's two USA senators. The collision occurred near Cayce, S.C., just south of Columbia, at 2:35 a.m. Officials said some 5,000 gallons of fuel leaked as a result of the collision, but it was under control and no threat to public safety. A phone line has been set up for people who have inquiries about passengers, at 800-523-9101. On Wednesday, a train carrying Republican members of Congress to a retreat in West Virginia hit a garbage truck in rural Virginia, killing a passenger in the truck. He could not confirm if any of the injuries were life-threatening.

Count on WJBF NewsChannel 6 to update you on this developing story.

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